If it ain’t “Brocade”, don’t fix it!

After watching the Emmy’s a couple of weeks ago, I have to say I wasn’t particularly wowed by many of the gowns on the red carpet. There was one however, that made me swoon; Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli haute couture! While brocade fabric is certainly nothing new, it looked so fresh and unexpected! She looked absolutely stunning!

Here is the gown as shown on the runway for the Giambattista Valli Fall 2012 collection and Juilianna striking a pose at the Emmys.

Detail of her gorgeous vintage inspired earrings

According to Dan River’s “A Dictionary of Textile Terms,”, Brocade is described as “rich Jacquard-woven fabric with all-over interwoven design of raised figures or flowers…Often gives an embossed appearance by contrasting surfaces, colors, and gold or silver threads on satin or twill grounds.” Its name is derived from the Italian word “Broccato” which means “embossed cloth”. This wonder fabric has been around since ancient times, were talking as early as 960 AD!

Lauren Bacall (w/ Humphrey Bogart ) and Grace Kelly (w/ the Prince of Monaco) in Brocade dresses

Old Hollywood favored brocade as it was a glamorous, opulent fabric which made for stunning gowns and evening wear!

Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren in Brocade!

Here is my vintage inspired take on Julianna’s brocade look! I recently scored this J Crew Collection metallic brocade pencil skirt at a thrift shop BRAND NEW with the tags (how awesome is that?!). I paired in with a tissue weight cotton turtleneck by Three Dots (Thrifted) and my Zara patent leather flats (thrifted). A vintage handbag and vintage Vendome earrings top off the ensemble.

Until next time, Dolls!

XOXO

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